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One of the best ways to keep your lawn looking green and your gardens thriving is to install a full irrigation system. There are a lot of options out there and nearly as many misconceptions about each one. Drip irrigation systems are one of the most common choices despite the many myths that surround them. Here's a look at the myths you're likely to encounter when shopping for drip irrigation and the actual truth behind them.
It Uses Too Much Water
Without a thorough understanding of how a drip irrigation system works, you might think that the system is using a lot of water. After all, the water flows through the system constantly when it's running, so it may seem like that non-stop operation is going to cost you in your utility bills.
The truth is that drip irrigation systems deliver very small amounts of water at consistent intervals. Although the water is always running, it's coming out into the soil in trickles. This is intended to ensure consistent, even water absorption in the area. It might seem like it runs longer than you would run a traditional sprinkler system, but that's because of the slow rate in which the water reaches the soil.
Shallow Watering Produces Shallow Roots
If you think that drip irrigation doesn't penetrate as well because of the slow trickle of water and the seemingly shallow nature of the irrigation lines, you might be surprised. When you water plants from above, the water may not penetrate deep into the soil. This can encourage shallow root growth, because the water doesn't reach the lower levels of the soil beneath the plants.
Drip irrigation saturates the soil beneath the surface, allowing water to absorb deeper into the soil than it would from overhead. This can make it easier for plant roots to thrive, growing into the soil and producing a deep, healthy root system.
Drip Irrigation Isn't an Option if You Already Planted
It is true that drip irrigation systems are much easier to install on property that hasn't been planted yet. That doesn't mean that it's impossible for soil that's already planted on. In fact, with a skilled irrigation specialist, you can install drip irrigation in your yard even if your garden and lawn have already been planted. The installation process is a bit more time and labor intensive, but it isn't impossible.
You Can't Tell When it Isn't Working
One of the biggest concerns with drip irrigation is the potential for a problem that you can't see. Since the system is installed underground, many people believe that you can't tell when something isn't working. Although you might not be able to see the actual malfunction, you'll know if the system is not working properly by watching your lawn. If it starts to seem dry, you aren't getting water flow. If it's too wet, you might have a leak.
With so many misconceptions about drip irrigation, it can leave you wondering if it's worth the investment. Understanding the truth behind these myths will help you make a more educated decision about what's best for your land. For more information, contact Victoria Garden Sprinklers Irrigation or a similar company.